Alberta to Enact Driving Distractions Law Starting September 1

By September 1, 2011, it will be illegal for drivers to use cell phones or other hand held devices for calls, texts, and emails, while driving in the province. Electronic devices like video games consols and cameras also won't be allowed.

The announcement was made Wednesday morning in Edmonton and is being called the most comprehensive law of its kind in Canada.

Drivers who fail to comply with the law are to get a $172 fine.

Luke Ouellette, Alberta Transportation Minister says that there was already a law in place. "We just needed to implement it.

Drivers will still be allowed to use their hands free phones, eat snacks, and drink beverages.

For questions and answers about the new law, as well as an important fact sheet, visit Transportation Alberta's website.